Workshops & Events
The Career Development Center provides workshops, information sessions, job fairs and events to help students explore and prepare for their career opportunities as well as connect with employers to gain insight on the current job market and the skills needed to succeed.
There are various workshops to assist you in selecting a major or career path, as well as obtaining a full/part-time job or internship.
For a complete schedule of workshop titles, dates, times, and locations, go to the calendar.
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- From CareerLINK click on the Events tab
- Select Workshops in the drop down menu
- Select a workshop, and RSVP!
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Employer Info Sessions
An Information Session is a presentation given by an employer to provide you with details about the various career paths and benefits offered by their company. The benefits of an Information Session are varied:
- This is an excellent opportunity to speak directly with company representatives in a personalized, informal environment. Information Sessions are usually held in the Career Center Conference Room
- The session offers a realistic, insider's viewpoint of work life in a specific industry.
- Students repeatedly say it is more satisfying to talk face-to-face with employers than to merely search a company web site.
- This is an opportunity to network with company recruiters and to ask questions.
Go to the calendar to find the full schedule of dates, times and locations of Employer Information Sessions. These events may also be viewed by clicking on the Events button at the top of the CareerLINK home page and selecting the Information Session tab.
A job fair provides an opportunity for students to meet with a large number of employers, in one setting, who are specifically seeking CSULB students for the purpose of employment. Companies may have entry-level (or higher) career openings, part-time positions and/or paid and volunteer internships. Be prepared to make a good first impression and prove that you've researched the employers of interest.
- go to our Jobs Search Process section,
- download our handout, Making the Most of the Job Fair , or
- talk to a career counselor during an appointment.
- dress appropriately
- bring copies of your resume for in person fairs
For questions, fill out our on-line form or call (562) 985-4151.
2022 Spring Semester Job Fairs
Educators' Job Fair (In-Person)
Campus-wide Educators' Job Fair to recruit for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities for education majors.
- Friday, April 8
- 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- University Student Union (USU), Ballrooms
- List of Attendees for the Educators' Job Fair (In-Person)
Just-In-Time Job & Internship Fair(In-Person)
Campus-wide Job & Internship Fair to recruit for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities across all majors.
- Thursday, April 28
- 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
- Friendship Walk
- List of Attendees for the Just-In-Time Job & Internship Fair
- List of Attendees for the 2022 Virtual Spring Job & Internship Fair on 3/3/2022
- 2022 Spring Job Fair 2/16/2022 was canceled
- List of Attendees for the 2021 Fall Virtual Job & Internship Fair on 10/20/2021
- List of Attendees for the 2021 Engineering &Technology Virtual Job Fair on 9/22/2021
- List of Attendees for the 2021 Just-In-Time Virtual Job Fair on 5/26/2021
- List of Attendees for the 2021 Educators' Virtual Job Fair on 4/16/2021
- List of Attendees for the 2021 Spring Virtual Job & Internship Fair on 2/17/2021
Internship events help to connect you with internship opportunities whether through a weeklong event, a conference, or the essay contest reception. These events are designed to create awareness of the great internship opportunities that CSULB students have available to them. Many of our students have been very successful in obtaining multiple internship opportunities while pursuing their degree here at CSULB. We want to share these success stories and help all students become aware of the value of internships.
Internship Week October 4th - 8th, 2021
CSULB Career Readiness & Internship Week provides students the opportunity to gain skills and talk with employers about landing an internship. Internship Week will be held on October 4-8, 2021, and will include webinars and employer events focused on exploring strategies for finding internships, gaining real-world experiences, examining hiring trends and learning directly from employers.
Search & Prepare for Internships
Monday, October 4th @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Learn about key strategies and tools to find internships, expectations of virtual internships and skills needed to be successful.
Alternative Real-World Experiences
Tuesday, October 5th @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Learn how to gain hiring skills by engaging in a virtual project with an employer.
Identify & Market Transferable Skills for Internships
Tuesday, October 5th @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn how to translate your skills into verbiage that works for hiring companies.
Steps for Easier Networking
Wednesday, October 6th @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn tools to increase your professional visibility while networking virtually or in person with employers and alumni.
Industry Insights: Hiring Trends
Thursday, October 7th @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Learn about trends impacting your job search and stay current with modern recruitment practices..
Employer & Student Internship Real Talk
Friday, October 8th @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Learn from your student intern peers and employers seeking interns in an open environment.
- Sign in to Single Sign-On (SSO)
- Click on CareerLINK
- Select the "Events" tab
- Click on a workshop or event of interest and click on "Attend".
Earn a Career Management Digital Badge
You are encouraged to attend 3 webinars and 1 employer event to earn a Career Management Badge. Visit Digital Badges for more information.
Courtney de la Vega
International Business, BS
During the Internship Conference many speakers presented on the topic of what it takes to land your dream internship and the skills and tips we could use to better prepare ourselves. Bert (Job Development Specialist), in particular, really set my mind at ease with his brief meditation session at the start of the program and when I talked to him individually. He had so much experience interviewing, landing an internship, and excelling as an intern that I was able to absorb the information he passed down. One of the key things he told me was that many don’t even apply to these positions because of the self-doubt and procrastination they make for themselves. He said to utilize all of my connections in school and see what’s available and that if I do find an internship that really peaks my interest, to be proactive about it and don’t hesitate to apply.
At the conference they really hammered home the concept that you get back what you put in. Meaning, I as the student need to be willing to work for it and cannot expect it to just be given to me. That includes putting the time into researching opportunities and then taking the steps needed to make sure I am fully prepared to interview and impress the employers.
- Did you take part in an internship in Fall 2020 or Spring/Summer 2021?
- Interested in winning a $1000 scholarship?
You are invited to participate in the 2021 Career Development Center Internship Essay Contest. One lucky winner will be chosen from each of the seven colleges to receive a $1000 scholarship. One of the seven winners will then be chosen to win an additional award of $1000.
The winning essays will also be submitted to the California Internship and Work Experience Association (CIWEA) Bernard L. Hyink Scholarship, for a chance to win an additional $1000 scholarship.
- Must be a currently enrolled CSULB student
- Must have completed an internship, practicum, fieldwork, or student teaching assignment in Fall 2020 or Spring/Summer 2021 (at least 120 hours of work experience)
- Must be enrolled during Spring 2022 semester to receive award
- Previous winners and student interns of the Career Development Center are not eligible
To enter the contest:
- Sign in to Single Sign-On
- Click on CareerLINK
- Click on “Surveys” on the left
- Open the “2021 Internship Essay Contest” by clicking “Respond”
- Complete the form and in an essay of 750 words or less address the following:
- Briefly describe the organization you interned for.
- What projects and assignments did you complete?
- What knowledge or skills from your coursework were helpful on the job?
- What new skills and abilities have you developed since completing your internship?
- How did you stand out as an intern?
- What was your proudest accomplishment?
- How did your internship experience influence your career path?
- Submit your completed entry form or save your draft if you want to come back to it later.
- Submissions must be completed and received by 11:59 PM Friday, October 22, 2021.
Note: The scholarship funding is disbursed through financial aid and may be reflected differently based on a student’s financial aid package.
For Additional Information
2020 Internship Essay Contest Winner - Meghan Orr
Excerpt of Winning Essay:
Social Work Intern at YMCA Community Schools, Long Beach, CA – Duties included facilitating parenting and leadership classes and providing case management for families seeking support.
One of my greatest accomplishments while at Oropeza was writing a grant proposal for the YMCA. The community school grant was about to end, and my supervisor asked if I would be interested in helping to write a new grant for a program at the YMCA. Together with another staffer we developed a program plan, contacted potential sites, and organized a budget. We submitted the proposal just before the pandemic started, when all schools abruptly closed. It was such a sudden way to end the internship, and I was distressed that I did not get to say goodbye to my students or the staff. Yet toward the end of the summer, I received a very exciting phone call from my supervisor. The YMCA had been awarded the grant, and they would be beginning the new program very soon! I was so pleased to be able to have a hand in a project that would continue on at the YMCA, even after I had left.
Manuel Perez was formerly the Director of the CSULB Career Development Center and past Vice President of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). He has dedicated his career of over 34 years to public service in higher education and is a strong advocate for students. Manuel Perez strongly believes in the benefits of internships as a career preparation and success tool for students. This scholarship honors his legacy helping to break barriers to provide employment opportunities to all students.
The Manuel Perez Internship Success Scholarship assists students exploring a career via an unpaid internship in the non-profit or government fields.
Do you have an internship offer for Summer 2022? Is your internship unpaid and at a non-profit or government organization?
If so, apply for the opportunity to win $1,000.
- Must be currently enrolled at CSULB
- Must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher)
- Graduation date must be December 2022 or later
- Must have secured an unpaid internship in the non-profit or government fields prior to applying for the Manuel Perez Internship Success Scholarship
- 120 hours of internship must be completed between May -August 2022
To Enter the Contest:
Complete an Online interview by Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM.
- Sign into SSO to access CareerLINK
- To find "Big Interview": From the menu click on [Career Resources] and look in the [Online Tools] section for the [Big Interview] link
- If this is your first time using Big Interview, click “Register” in the top right corner to set up your account using your CSULB email address
- Register using your CSULB email address
- In Big Interview, select the “Assignments” tab and enter the following code: 9f88f4
- Follow instructions to record your responses to the following questions:
- Let's learn more about you. Tell me about yourself. What is your current major and educational background?
- Tell me about the organization where you will be completing your internship. What interested you about the organization and the internship opportunity?
- Share three learning goals that you hope to accomplish by the end of your internship. Please include how you will obtain these goals. (Learning goals can include skills you hope to acquire/strengthen, gaining industry knowledge, or building relationships in your industry of choice.)
- What are your goals after graduation? Describe how completing this internship will help complement your educational and career goals.
For Additional Information
Contact Jeanna Trammell, Internship Coordinator, at the Career Development Center or for general Internship questions complete our on-line Help Form.
- Prepare and practice your responses
- Conduct your interview in a private space where you will not be interrupted
Career Management Digital Badge
Take charge of your career development and demonstrate your skills to employers by earning a Career Management Digital Badge. By attending designated Career Development Center workshops, webinars, counseling appointments, and employer-related events, you can earn a badge and build the skills needed to effectively manage your career journey. See below for more information about the process of earning and sharing a digital badge.
Digital Badges are a visual representation of an achievement or skill gained that contains metadata sharable across the web. The following video introduces digital badges and guides you through the steps required to earn and share the Career Management Digital Badge:
The Career Development Center offers a Career Management Badge that will help you gain the below skills:
- Identify and articulate one’s skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the desired position and career goals.
- Identify areas necessary for professional growth.
- Navigate and explore job options, take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and self-advocate in the workplace.
To earn a Career Management Badge, you will need to do the following:
- Attend a total of 3 workshops/webinars* or a combination of 2 workshops/webinars and 1 counseling appointment
- Attend 1 employer-related event (examples include, but are not limited to: job fair, information session, or an on-campus interview)
- Once all 4 requirements are completed, submit a digital badge request email to Jeanna.Trammell@csulb.edu that includes the following: your name, student ID, & which events you attended, including workshop descriptions
To RSVP for CDC events and schedule counseling appointments, log into your CareerLINK account via https://sso.csulb.edu
* Please Note: Not all Career Development Center workshops/webinars count toward the Career Management Badge. CareerLINK descriptions indicate whether or not an event can be used toward a badge.
Digital Badges: What Are They And How Are They Used?
Open Badges 2.0 (OBv2)